For over a thousand years, the Advent and Christmas season has inspired the creation of music in celebration of this most important period in the Church calendar. From the uses of Gregorian chant for the specific days of the season and polyphonic settings of Biblical texts in church to the secular spirit of the medieval carol, a specific form in its own right, to songs and what we commonly call carols today, there is a wealth of beautiful music from many national traditions.
Rob Humberston will return to present a four week program beginning on Thursday, November 7 in which we will listen to many genres of Christmas seasonal music from the Middle Ages to modern times. We will hear a great variety of music largely choral in nature from the most prolific traditions of Britain and Europe. Allowing for the Thanksgiving holiday, the final installment will occur on Thursday December 5, the day before St. Nicholas Day, a key celebration of the season in the Germanic world and rich in musical treasure. Please join us for an instructive and enjoyable program of beautiful music of the season. Please register online at longmeadowlibrary.org.